By Peter Amunga
This year I have hit the 5th floor. I graduated from KU in 1993 and was posted to teach at Kakamega high even before I had finished my exams at KU. Statistics show, that 65% of teachers in Kenya are 50 and above.. Why? Because that was the last age group that was absorbed into teaching direct. Today, to be a TSC teacher, you tamac and languish on the streets for at least 12 years after graduating. Most new teachers in the profession are 35 and above. Simply.. Teaching nowadays is made up of old men and women.
To add salt to injury, govt nowadays employs a very small percentage of those who graduate.
My group was the second last.. that were guaranteed teaching jobs while still in college. My generation are the majority in most schools. Wazee kama mimi are heads of schools, principals, deputies, HODS, senior teachers name them. Any major public school you go in Kenya the majority of teachers are 50 and above.
Statistics at KNUT hqs show that 30% of the teaching force in Kenya is 58 years and above. Those are the ones who have been told to teach from home.
To cut the story short.. Many of us are either retiring this coming years or have retired.
What it is your take for age 58-60 if they work from home ….who will carry the burden of extra load?? I have notvseen any plans by TSC to replace us or to absorb 100,000 teachers before January. Nobody is speaking about the workload that covid 19 protocols is going to put on the few teachers available.
Hapo ndio kuna kizungumkuti come January 2021… when around 100,000 more senior teachers qualify to stay and teach from home, while 200,000 teachers teach 6 million learners in Kenya. Je huo ni ungwana?